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Staff Selection and Training (From Juvenile and Adult Boot Camps, P 267-272, 1996 -- See NCJ-165590)

NCJ Number
R W Moscicki
Date Published
6 pages
Boot camps need to be staffed with adequately trained personnel and have clearly delineated training standards in order to be effective, and the shock incarceration training program in New York is described.
Correctional staff serve as role models in New York's shock incarceration programs. Staff must successfully complete 4.5 weeks of shock training, maintain physical and psychological fitness, conduct themselves according to strict military protocols, maintain a positive attitude, and demonstrate continued willingness to accept new responsibilities. Staff who work in shock incarceration facilities are expected to maintain military grooming standards consistent with the shock environment. In addition, they are required to attend a comprehensive, highly structured training program that lasts 4 weeks. The staff training program regimen is similar to the shock regimen for offenders. The goal of training is to familiarize all employees, regardless of discipline, with the structure, concepts, and goals of the shock incarceration program. The following subjects are taught: control theory, leadership skills, decisionmaking skills, drug and alcohol abuse treatment, drill and ceremony, physical training, and military bearing.